Mission Milestone Investment
Sustained by more than a half-century of sacrifice and prayer, the Chimbote Center for Social Works (Centro de Obras Sociales) began a dramatic expansion and upgrade in the fall of 2015. A sub-committee of the Chimbote Foundation, led by Bishop Zubik and Attorney Gretchen Roos (niece of Monsignor Jules Roos and daughter of original Center architect Ken Roos), developed a three-year Mission Milestone Investment (MMI) plan to prioritize and solicit funding for the most critical needs of the center. At its 50th annual Peru Mission Dinner in October 2015, Ms. Roos and the Foundation Board unveiled a three-year strategic plan to invest an additional $1 million between 2016 and 2018, expanding the mission’s outreach and improving its services to the poorest of the poor.
The centerpiece of the MMI plan is the demolition of the existing 40-year-old outpatient clinic and the construction of a brand new facility which will increase the patient capacity by five times over the original building. The modern, expanded clinic (see photos below) will boast ten clinical suites – up from four – and include space for new and expanded services, such as cardiology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, gerontology and audiology. This new investment will provide an onsite radiology and mammography suite, allowing these treatments to finally be provided to the poor of Chimbote.
This historic MMI plan also includes funds for increasing by 60% the life-saving Home Visit Program to those too destitute to travel to the clinic; purchasing and protecting expensive mission-sensitive equipment from the harsh desert and ocean environment that surrounds Chimbote; and expanding the program for abandoned, abused and orphaned children who are placed at the Padre Julio Home to receive tender care from a skilled and compassionate team of professionals.